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Learn 40 Languages for Free: Spanish, English, Chinese & More

This collection features lessons in 48 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go. Amharic Foreign Service Institute Basic Amharic – Audio – TextbookLessons with dialogues, drills, exercises, and narratives will teach you the basics of this language spoken in Ethiopia. Ancient Greek Ancient Greek Introduction – Web SiteThe UT-Austin Linguistics Research Center provides an overview of Ancient Greek and 10 lessons based on famous Greek texts. Arabic Bookmark our free Arabic lessons section.

Bambara Bambara in Mali – Web SiteLessons from the Peace Corps. Bulgarian Bulgarian Survival Phrases – iTunes Free – FeedForeign Service Institute Bulgarian – Web siteTwo textbooks (PDF) and 75 audio lessons (MP3). Cambodian Catalan Chinese Real Chinese – Web SitePresented by the BBC. Czech Danish. Home. Welcome to - the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute.


These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain. This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. This site is not affiliated in any way with any government entity; it is an independent, non-profit effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages. Courses here are made available through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to provide quality materials for language learning.

Website back up. April 13, 2013 The site has been down for two months to the day. On the bright side, there are now other sources for these materials: Please bookmark these sites as well. Catching Up January 16, 2011 The following texts have been posted over the months since this page's last update: Various Updates April 16, 2010 New Material. 35 Best Online Language Learning Resources. Guest post by Goranka.

35 Best Online Language Learning Resources

What are the best Online Language Learning resources? Learning a foreign language is an excellent way to add another string to your bow and advance your career. It is also a way to get to know other cultures, expand your views, meet other people and enrich your own world. Just as Federico Fellini said: “A different language is a different vision of life”. Advertisements Internet and online communities have made it possible to learn virtually any language online, choose the method of learning that suits you best, gain access to invaluable learning resources, practice with native speakers and other students from all four corners of the world. Here is the list of 35 great websites, communities and YouTube channels for learning foreign languages.


Michel Thomas Method. The Michel Thomas Method is an original method developed by Michel Thomas for teaching languages.

Michel Thomas Method

Thomas claimed that his students could "achieve in three days what is not achieved in two to three years at any college"[1][2] ("three days" meaning sessions as long as eight or ten hours per day, although students claimed not to experience the lessons as over-intensive, but actually "enjoyable" and "exciting"), and that the students would be conversationally proficient.[3] Thomas was initially hired by celebrities and other public figures, such as Raquel Welch, Barbra Streisand, Emma Thompson, and Woody Allen, as well as by Grace Kelly following her engagement to Prince Rainier of Monaco to meet their need to learn French rapidly. Method[edit] With Thomas's method, the teacher cautions students to avoid making notes and to refrain from making conscious attempts to memorise, promising that the teacher will "be taking full responsibility" for their learning.

Forvo: the pronunciation guide. All the words in the world pronounced by native speakers. Headstart2. Welcome.


This site will allow you to download the Headstart2 program. Headstart2 consists of ten modules, each including two Sound and Script and five Military Tasks. Sound and Script teaches the basics of the target language script. Each Military Task focuses on fifteen language drills based on a given topic or theme, such as greetings and introductions, or gathering intelligence. Headstart2 also features over 100 PDFs with writing drills that provide the user with the opportunity to practice writing the target script. Headstart2 is available for a growing number of languages. How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months. The Okano Isao judo textbook I used to learn Japanese grammar.

How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months

Post reading time: 15 minutes. Language learning need not be complicated. Principles of cognitive neuroscience and time management can be applied to attain conversational fluency (here defined as 95%+ comprehension and 100% expressive abilities) in 1-3 months. Some background on my language obsession, from an earlier post on learning outside of classes: From the academic environments of Princeton University (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian) and the Middlebury Language Schools (Japanese), to the disappointing results observed as a curriculum designer at Berlitz International (Japanese, English), I have sought for more than 10 years to answer a simple question: why do most language classes simply not work?

The ideal system — and progression — is based on three elements in this order… 1. Effectiveness, adherence, and efficiency refer to the “what”, “why”, and “how” of learning a target language, respectively. Ganbare!